October 14, 1939 – December 11, 2017
at the age of 78 years
Graveside Service: Private family service
Gordy was born in Edmonton, AB on October 14, 1939 and passed away on December 11, 2017 in Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 78 years.
Gordy was a man of action. He enjoyed: flying his ultra-light; playing with Slink (the cat); touring on “Clyde” the motorcycle; growing corn; playing the piano; shooting pool; fly fishing in the Bella Coola River; salmon fishing at Nootka Sound; moose hunting near the Alaska Highway; camping in beautiful BC, especially Fintry; driving his Minneapolis Moline Tractor in the Fall Fair parade; boating on Shuswap Lake; gold panning in Wells; installing, sanding and finishing hardwood floors; turning out bowls and pens on his wood lathes; cooking potato pancakes for the un-book club; picking grapes, making AP wine; debating smart meters; scuba diving in the Bahamas; spear fishing in the Florida Keys; halibut fishing in Haida Gwaii; buying caribou antlers in Tuktoyaktuk; driving in his 1955 GMC pick-up; operating a dairy farm; riding his ATV with Heidi (Long haired dachshund); canoeing on Trout Lake; fishing at Bonaparté Lake; picking pine mushrooms at Kitwanga; dancing with Linda; driving his 1969 Cadillac; designing and welding a cook stove; goose hunting on the farm; soaking in the Nakusp Hot Spring; gathering firewood from the cedar park for the backyard fire pit; feeding the birds, especially the California Quail and Pheasants in his backyard and aviary; enjoying “Happy Hour” with pizza and AP wine. All these adventures were shared with family and close friends.
Gordy was predeceased by his son Jordan on Dec. 25, 2016 at the age of 40 years. He is survived by his loving wife Linda; son Darrel (Tamara); daughters Arlene (Marc) Froese and Betina Henschell; step-sons Dan (Sini) Grutchfield and Calvin (Sandy) Gruchfield; grandchildren; Taylor, Jessica, Cassidy, Kennedy, Bryce, Cora, Tyler, Adrien, Olivia and Emma-Kate; great grandson Bentley; and by his brother Don (Gloria) whom he was very close with.